9 year old died from seizures in Run To Death case
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – Prosecutors are nearing the end of their case in the trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter run until she died.
Etowah County authorities have presented medical evidence showing Savannah Hardin died of seizures caused by low sodium levels, and they’ve called neighbors who say grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard made the girl run as punishment.
The prosecution could present additional evidence Friday, or it could rest.
The defense will be next. Garrard’s lawyers haven’t indicated whether she will testify.
Authorities are asking jurors to convict the 49-year-old woman of a capital murder charge that carries a possible death sentence upon conviction.
Witnesses say Garrard told them the girl wanted to run, and defense lawyers say the woman didn’t intend to harm the girl.